Everyone knows that you need a little recharge time if you are going to excel in your business or career. I find that this downtime helps me clear my mind and consider new ideas or ventures.
This time of year also gets pretty cold for most of us. The Holidays are over and it may be a while before we can get outside and play some golf or work in the yard.
It’s time for a little FUN! Let’s go to South Beach, in Miami Beach Florida! February is a great time of year for this trip.
Below is an outline of how to best enjoy a long weekend in South Beach to recharge your batteries and come back to your business or career ready to knock‘em dead. Let’s plan on a Thursday – Monday trip.
I usually like to use Delta and connect through Atlanta. If you are starting somewhere in the middle of the Country or further East you can catch an early flight and get to the Beach by lunch time.
There are several hotel options I would suggest. Here are some of my favorites:
The W Hotel, 2201 Collins. 305-938-3000
The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Lincoln Road. 786-276-4000
Loews Miami Beach, 1601 Collins Ave. 1-888-822-9097
Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins. 305-538-2000
Delano South Beach, 1685 Collins, 305-672-2000
I would choose the Loews, W Hotel or Delano because of their proximity to Ocean Drive, but they are all great places to stay. Fontainebleau is an incredible hotel but is quite a ways north. It is located on 44th street. Check them out on the Web.
I like to pick up a quick sandwich and hit the beach for a few hours after arriving in Miami. The sun sets early in winter so you may be able to stay out there until 5:00-5:30pm.
South Beach is known for its great restaurants and I could rattle off dozens that you would really enjoy. Let’s start with Prime Italian at 101 Ocean Drive. This is in a very lively location and they specialize in Italian dishes, steaks and seafood. Things happen late in South Beach so book your table for 8:30-9:00pm. After dinner, if you still have some energy on this first travel day; you can walk up Ocean Drive and duck into a variety of bars. Try The Bar at the Victor Hotel on 12th Street or walk out to the beach and watch the waves roll in.
Friday morning I recommend a quick stroll to The Front Porch Café on 15th and Ocean Drive. You can get there by using the paver walkway behind the hotels and they serve a great breakfast.
Daytime activities are plentiful in South Beach. Here is a list of a few fun things to do Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Hang out on the beach and do lunch on Ocean Drive or try Nikki Beach on 1st and Ocean
Nikki Beach is known for their Sunday brunch.
Jet Ski or Parasail
Shop on Lincoln Road Mall
Rent a boat from Miami Beach Marina
Enjoy a scuba or snorkel trip to the world class reefs
Deep sea fish for Marlin, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi
Rent a Deco Bike. These are located all over Miami Beach. Rent from one Station and return it to any other one. Load the handy APP in your phone for ease of use.
Go to Bayside, have lunch and ride the Thriller Speed Boat
Jog or Walk up to the Fontainebleau on the paver walkway (about 25 blocks) and have lunch.
Enjoy the Spa at a variety of hotel properties. The Eden Roc is great.
Walk down to South Pointe Park (20 Blocks) and people watch and see the boats go by.
After a great day of enjoying South Beach on Friday I would head to the Fontainebleau lobby bar at about 7:30pm or so. This is a fun bar in a gorgeous hotel. Schedule dinner at Hakkasan for 9pm. This is an Asian restaurant designed to share the items ordered. They have locations in Miami Beach, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and London and the food and energy are outstanding.
Stay at this hotel property after dinner and hit the clubs. Liv or Arkadia are a lot of fun. Liv is the place to go dance and Arkadia is the place to go relax. They are both worth a visit.
Saturday night I recommend The Forge for a great wine bar and dinner if you are looking for a calmer more relaxing evening or Prime 112 for a high energy bustling and star crossed evening. Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians frequent Prime 112 regularly. Be ready to be seated 30-60 minutes after your reservation time. The food and craziness are unmatched in South Beach.
For your last day in South Beach I would recommend visiting Smith and Wollensky’s outdoor bar on the water around 3pm for cocktails and people watching. The Cruise ships begin sailing around 4:30pm and will sail right past you. Grab dinner when you are ready. This will allow you to get back to your hotel earlier than normal so you can pack and get ready to head home in the morning.
You will love your time in South Beach and can come back time and time again and find more great restaurants and locations for fun nightlife.